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Transcript - Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! Finding Dissertations - March 19 2018

Video Link: https://youtu.be/JXkOOV8dDQE

 

 

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Narration:

 

>> KIM BURTON: 

 

 

 

So, welcome everyone to the Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! Finding Dissertations webinar. My name is Kim Burton, I am one of the Liaison Librarians to the College of Education. With me is Andrea LeMieux who is one of our fabulous reference librarians. We just have our cameras on to say hi, but we're going to turn that off because sometimes that interferes with the broadcast. So I'm going to go ahead and turn that off. Goodbye, guys.

 

So, the Mysteries of the Library Revealed is a session that we do about once every month, the third Monday of the month at 8:30 PM -- unless there's a holiday, then it might be on a second Monday. And we just go over a library topic. They are intended to be very informal, laid-back webinars to cover things that you guys may run into.

 

We have two webinars coming up. We have one in April on finding exact articles. And we have another one in May for search terms. I don't know about Andrea, but when I am on reference, I get some new questions from people looking for terms to help find their topics. Do you get a lot of those questions, Andrea?

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  Yes, [inaudible].

 

>> KIM BURTON:  That would be a great webinar I recommend you guys going to.

 

But right now let's get started on our webinar about dissertations. The objectives we want everyone to have when they are done with this webinar, we want everyone to understand the importance of using dissertations in the research process. There's some great, great tools here for you to use.

 

Andrea, what are some of your favorite reasons for using dissertations and why they are so important to research?

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  I think it's a great place to jump off from. Before you begin doing research on your topic, I think it's great to see what's out there. I think it's one of the most important things.

 

>> KIM BURTON:  Absolutely. We are also going to go over talk about locating the different dissertation databases in the library.

 

Searching for dissertations and project studies not just by subject also by degree and advisor.

 

We are also going to talk about finding full text of articles from some of the resources listed in the dissertation literature reviews or resource lists.

 

I am going to change presenters here and have Andrea talk a little about our next slide.

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  Great. Let me just get on the correct slide here. And we will get started. Doing a little bit of loading, of course.

 

Let's talk about more specifically some of the reasons why you want to use dissertations.

 

Remember, your dissertation has to be unique. If somebody has already researched your topic, might not want to be the best place for you to start. Again, it's a great jumping off point before you begin quite a bit of your own original research. So you can see dissertations related to your topic. You can see if someone has already researched your topic. You can do that both at Walden to see what students are doing at Walden and you can do the other universities, as well.

 

I think one of the next most important things is you can see an example of flow and layout. Every day at work I get at least one question from students for sample dissertation, what is a DBA project study supposed to look like? What is a dissertation in psychology supposed to look like?

 

Well, if you can see a completed project of other students, it gives you a sense of this is something that's really doable. You can see how they organized it, how they broke it out into pieces, and it gives you another level of confidence when you see other students completed dissertations and projects.

 

Another question I get quite a bit from students is, where do I start finding theories and methodologies that are being used?

 

Well, again, another starting point might just be seeing what theories and methodologies other students have already identified and used. Maybe one or two of them are something that speaks directly to your research topic or will lead you to a theory or methodology that will help you with your project.

 

Then, lastly, but probably again, most importantly as these other ones, reference mining. We are not talking about mining for gold or silver. But a different type of mining that is going to be as valuable. [indiscernible]

 

>> KIM BURTON:  [LAUGHS]

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  It's going to be as valuable to you as a dissertation student looking at those literature reviews and how other students have identified seminal studies and other energy related to that topic or to that theory. And those kinds of things.

 

Really quickly, I want to show you some sample dissertations.

 

Again, this is a sample dissertation. This is an award-winning dissertation. And, this is for the College of Social And Behavioral Sciences. So if we scroll down to the Table of Contents, these are all very common questions I get from students. What is Chapter 1 supposed to look like?

 

Well, here, from an award-winning dissertation, you can see how they have outlined their Chapter 1, how they have introduced their dissertation, a little bit about their background.

 

The problem statement, that's a very common question again I get from DBA students, what should my problem statement look like?

 

Another question I get frequently is about the literature review. What should the literature review look like?

 

Well, you can see here in Chapter 2, it would have an introduction. The second section is to outline their research study. So, how all the notes that you took about databases and search terms, how do you incorporate that into a page or so in your dissertation the outlining research strategy. How the student synthesized their literature review. So, again, great examples.

 

Another thing you can do, if I did Ctrl F, if I want to see what seminal studies have been done on my topic, I can just do a quick search in the dissertation for some of the things that the student has identified as being seminal research on this topic. Another seminal work in their dissertation.

 

So these are great ways to really mine the data that's already been done by another student.

 

I am going to switch over to a project study. Again, if you go to a Table of Contents, this is a DBA project study. You can see that they are not arranged by Chapter. They are arranged by section. Section 3 is significantly different. You are going to do, what is the application to professional practice and applications for change? So, how did the student word it? How do they explain the application for change for their project study?

 

Those are four different ways why you want to use dissertations.

 

>> KIM BURTON:  Great. Now, how do you find them? Is it easy, is it difficult to find the dissertation databases?

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  That's a great question, Kim.

 

Like both Kim and myself mentioned, we get these questions so often from students, we've made it as easy as possible for you to identify dissertations.

 

I'm going to show you here on the Walden Library homepage where you find that information. But these are the three things you really want to look for when you go there. There is the database to search just Walden dissertations. That is one database all by itself.

 

Second, we have another database that searches all universities and schools both in the United States and across the world.

 

Then there's also award-winning dissertations, so you can see what is a dissertation that's a great example from its peers of its layout and research and all of that goes into writing a great dissertation.

 

Let's look at where you can find all these three very important things on the Walden website.

 

Everybody here should be familiar with the Walden University Library homepage. There's lots of ways to get to it.

 

Once you are here, we have made it as easy as possible. There's one click that you need. If you look at these six blue buttons right here, these are really handy, common things you will need to access.

 

Here at the bottom you will see Dissertations. We made it as easy as one click. Now all you have to go is on the landing page for dissertations and the things we talked about are listed right here. Walden dissertations, global dissertations --  just so you know, global dissertations DO include Walden dissertations, but you really do want to search this database up here just for Walden dissertations.

 

We are going to skip town here to all these links. One I am going to point out is award-winning dissertations. If you scroll down here you will see these two links right here. One is for the [indiscernible] Award for Outstanding Doctoral Studies and one is the Harold L. Hodgkinson Award for Outstanding Dissertation.

 

If you click on the second one and scroll down you can see you can access the full text this way. Let's say, for example, you are doing your dissertation in psychology. I highly recommend you look at the 2016 award winner and see what is the level of research that went into it to make it an award winner. So, a really handy resource for students.

 

Kim, do you think, how different is it searching dissertations then searching other databases?  If a student is already pretty good at searching using keywords and other databases, should it be helping them find dissertations they are interested in looking at?

 

>> KIM BURTON:  Absolutely. The dissertation database works exactly like other databases in the library. Students who are familiar with going into databases and searching for articles, those are the same skills you need to search for dissertations. It's the same time of database and the skills are completely transferable. So you guys should be able to get in there and start searching for things you're interested in.

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  You are already going to be put to the test some of the skills you have learned in some of your other courses and by searching other databases.

 

Let's do a quick topic.  Let's say, I'm interested in looking for dissertations and I just read the whole series of Harry Potter books. I think I want to focus my research on Harry Potter. I've been reading some interesting texts on feminism, so I want to see, how is Harry Potter embracing the feminist spirit in this series of books?

 

Let's see what's going on at Walden Library with Harry Potter. Again, we are back on the homepage. We are going to do one click. That's it. Dissertations.

 

First, I want to see, has a Walden student completed a dissertation on my topic? I'm going to click on this first link and, you will see that the database set up is very similar to all the other databases you have searched in the past.

 

So we're going to do a little refresher on keyword searching, one topic or idea per search box. So we are going to type in Harry Potter in the first search box. I am going to put it in quotation marks. The reason is, wanted to search the database as a phrase. This is a trick you use in Google that you can also use in our library databases. It's only going to bring up results where they were Harry and Potter are right next to each other and that's going to search as a phrase.

 

Feminism is a different idea so I'm going to put that in a different search box. I'm not going to spell out the whole word, I am going to put an asterisk behind it so it will search for all forms of the word -- feminism, feminist, or any other variations of the word you can possibly think of.

 

Different ideas, different search boxes.

 

Let's limit it to full text. Let's click the search and see what's happening with Harry Potter and Walden University. Not much. Surprise, surprise. Eleven results. [LAUGHS]

 

So one of the reasons that Harry Potter might not be that popular at Walden is because we do have a social change mission here, so we really encourage research that contributes to social change. If you look at the titles you will see that nothing in particular is focused right on Harry Potter. They probably mention it, for instance, about literature and adolescent readers and that kind of thing. But nothing is exactly about Harry Potter. Okay.

 

So, let's try, we're going to go back to the dissertation pages, let's see what's going on with Harry Potter in the rest of the world.

 

Don't get confused, this looks exactly the same as the other database. But you can see right here we are searching Global. We are going to do the exact same search. It defaulted to full text. We are going to click search.

 

All right, so, Harry Potter has lots of popularity. Look, 2973 results. Go Harry!

 

You can see  down in the results, some as early as 2017. And you can see, for instance, magical triumph or miserable illusion, they are studying it all the way in the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

So if you don't get a lot of results at Walden, expand your search to global and see what happens.

 

With that, I'm going to change over presenting to you, Kim.

 

>> KIM BURTON:  Great. I love that search. That's my new favorite search. [LAUGHS]

 

I want to talk a little bit about doing a search for specific degree or chair, so if you really wanted to narrow your search down to get some other examples, let me go back to the library homepage and I'm going to start with the dissertations button. Then I'm going to go in to Walden.

 

Let's say that I am doing an EDD project study and I want to see what other EDD project studies look for.

 

It's really easy to do. In the first search box, I'm going to type in EDD and in this box where it says Anywhere, this is the index or field box, click on the down arrows and select Degree. Now I'm telling the database to only look for dissertations or project studies that earned an EDD degree.

 

You can do this with any degrees.

 

The second one I want to tell it I want to specifically look for a project study. Again, as Andrea mentioned, I am putting it in quotes to glue those two words together so it's not looking at the word "project" on page 3 and "study" on 103.

 

This time I want to tell the database to look in document text so it will look only within the project study. Not within the appendices or reference list.

 

I can go ahead and hit search to look at these. But what I'm really interested in is finding some EDD studies that my advisor has advised on so I can see what he expects from the research study that he or she is advising on.

 

If you scroll down you can see you can add additional limiters to your search. Under advisor you can type in the name of your advisor. However, I recommend using the Lookup Advisors link. The reason I recommend using this is a lot of times, people's names are put in wrong or misspelled or sometimes they use a middle initial. Here you see [indiscernible] Dr. Marilyn Wells, Dr. Steve Wells, Dr. Steven Wells….

 

Dr. Steve Wells happens to be my advisor, so I'll click on both his names and click search.

 

Now, I have five project studies that Dr. Wells advised on. I can do exactly what Andrea was talking about earlier. Let's say that my topic happens to be on school bullying. I can just go in here and check out the flow. See how everything is organized and how they set everything up for their dissertation.

 

Now I want to talk a little bit about reference mining. As Andrea mentioned earlier, you are looking at dissertations, that these researchers have just finished what you are doing right now. They have just done an exhaustive, comprehensive search of the literature and they have used their best articles to support their studies.  This is a fantastic resource for you guys to use to look for additional references for your studies.

 

I'm going to talk about finding some of these resources in the reference list and then finding the full text of these articles. Google Scholar is one of the easiest ways to find full text articles when you are searching through the Walden Library. You have to access Google Scholar through the Walden Library or manually link it to do so.

 

Let's go back to this dissertation that I pulled up before.

 

ProQuest gives you the option of here of just clicking on References and automatically list the references by date -- unless there is no date or unless the citation is set up a little differently. But pretty much, usually you will see, there are a couple no dates here, but everything from most recent. If I want to access any of these all I need to do is look for, scroll down, the full text link. Or I can click on the Find @ Walden link.

 

I want to use this one right here. Let's say this is an article I really interested in. I can click on this Find @ Walden link. It's going to bring me to a list of databases where this article is located.

 

You can see it's an education source at Taylor and Francis. What I really want to look at are the two this date after. This tells me what I have access to at the Walden Library. You can see Education Source has a full text delay of 18 months for this journal. That basically means that the publisher has put an embargo on articles and does not allow the library database access to them until they are 18 months old. Basically, this is really for money, the publisher is earning money through these other means than the library. That is why he puts this embargo on them.

 

However, we also see that Taylor and Francis has full access, so I'm definitely going to click on Taylor and Francis to access the full article. It just takes a few minutes to pull up.

 

But here is the full text of the article -- well, the abstract. To get the full text, I can click on for article or I can click on the PDF link.

 

Let's say I am interested in this article that there is no Find @ Walden link. An easy way to find this is using Google Scholar. All I am going to do is copy the title of the article ... let's go back to the Walden Library homepage ... and, I'm going from this top bar, I'm going to click on Start Your Research. And in the search by database box, I'm going to click on Google Scholar.

 

When I use this Google Scholar search box, I'm already linked to the Walden databases, so it's going to be searching both Google Scholar and the databases at the same time. If it finds anything in Google Scholar that is available in the Walden databases, a Find @ Walden link will show up.

 

I will put the title of the article in there. Here's the article right there. You can see, is the Find @ Walden here's the article link because we knew this was other available at Walden. But I can also ask through the PDF link. Whenever there's a PDF or an HTML link beside the article that means the article is available online and you can click on that to access it.

 

Sometimes there's nothing on this side of the article. You can try clicking on the All 7 Versions, which is a link underneath the abstract of the article. It will bring up all seven versions that Google Scholar has found this article online. Sometimes the Find @ Walden link will then show up when you do it this way.

 

Those are two quick ways you can use to get access, full text access to the articles in the reference list of these dissertations.

 

Now I want to switch back over to Andrea. She is going to show you guys how you can access some of our earlier recorded Mistress of the Library webinar series.

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  Okay, you can all see my screen. I'm on the Walden homepage. So, we are going to go over to the top right and click on Get Help. And, this is just two clicks. You go to the Get Help and you will see in the middle is all the information you need to know about webinars, it's divided into upcoming webinars and recorded webinars.

 

The two Kim mentioned that we are going to be having, remind me, one is on search terms and what is on finding exact articles?

 

>> KIM BURTON:  Finding exact articles. Yep.

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  Perfect. You can click on upcoming webinars to register for those as they come up. But you will see there are lots of other topics being covered and you can click on the links here to register for the webinar.

 

Just as a reminder, for any webinar that you register for, even if you can't attend it, we are going to email you after the webinar and send you a link to the recording. Certainly, register even if you are unsure you can attend, because then you will get a link to the webinar pretty quickly -- within a week or so -- and you will be able to watch it then.

 

But say, for instance, not only did you forget to attend, you forgot to register to begin with. We have you covered there too.

 

You can go back up to here, Get Help. You end up on this page and on Webinars, you can click on Recorded Webinars. Again, lots of information on here. You can look all the webinars by topic, by your field of study. But if you want to see the Mysteries of the Library webinars, you are going to click on Library Skills and use the navigation on the left to scroll down to the M's, and you can see we had one on peer review, full text, course readings ... anything you have ever wondered about, we have a webinar just for you that's about 30 minutes long or so. That's to access those.

 

>> KIM BURTON:  I also wanted to mention, Andrea, after this webinar, everyone is going to get a survey. In that survey is a question, if you guys have any ideas for upcoming webinars that you would like us to do for this series, please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas and topics. We want to present webinars that you will be interested in attending.

 

>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:  Okay. If there aren't any questions, I'm going to point out one other thing. On the library homepage, you can send any of the follow-up questions that you have to our Ask a Librarian helpdesk, for the most part. And we will be able to answer them for you. Typically, we are responding to students the same day. But you will certainly receive a response within 24 hours. But like I said, it's often much quicker than that. If any of you have used this service, you can attest to that. It's really helpful and quick to get those answers.

 

Up here at the top right, Ask a Librarian, is where you can go for all the things you need help with. You can email us, you can chat with us. If you call us on the phone, we're going to respond to you by email. Just know you will not be receiving a phone call back, but an email instead. And for our doctoral students, there is information on how to make a doctoral research appointment. We try to make it easy, one click at the top right for Ask a Librarian here. Do you want to wrap us up, Kim?

 

>> KIM BURTON:  Yes, I looked through, we don't have any questions. That's it for tonight. Thank you so much for coming, and hopefully you will register for some of our upcoming webinars. We will see you then. Thanks a lot everybody, good night.

 

 

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